Psoriasis ‘Plaques’ are formed by the build-up of skin cells; these can be very red, itchy and sore, with white or silvery scales. Plaques are very well demarcated, meaning you can see where the plaque psoriasis starts and regular skin stops. Also, if you close your eyes and run your hand over the skin, you can clearly feel where each plaque begins and ends. The redness is caused by increased blood flow to the area, required for the speed in which the skin cells are being replicated.
Plaque psoriasis can occur more or less anywhere on the body, but rarely on the palms and soles, or in areas where skin touches skin, such as in the armpit or genitals.
Treatments for Plaque Psoriasis
A large variety of treatments can be employed in the treatment of plaque psoriasis, depending on how severe the condition is, the age of the individual, and how much success they have had with other treatments. The range includes topical treatments, UV Therapy, systemic and biologic medications.
Moisturising is the golden rule of psoriasis; it can help to soften plaques, lift scale, reduce itching and redness, and help active treatments to be absorbed more effectively. Moisturisers and emollients come in all kinds of formulations, from thick ointments and creams to lighter lotions and sprays, oils for in the bath or shower, and soap substitutes. All these options allow each individual to find a routine and products that suit them.